Uptown Saturday Night (1974)

SIDNEY POITIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1974. First Artists, Verdon Productions Limited. Screenplay by Richard Wesley. Cinematography by Fred J. Koenekamp. Produced by Melville Tucker. Music by Tom Scott. Production Design by Alfred Sweeney. Film Editing by Pembroke J. Herring. Director and star Sidney Poitier plays a metal worker who allows his…

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Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)

ROBERT WISE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1959. HarBel Productions. Screenplay by Abraham Polonsky, Nelson Gidding, based on a novel by William P. McGivern. Cinematography by Joseph C. Brun. Produced by Robert Wise. Music by John Lewis. Production Design by Leo Kerz. Costume Design by Anna Hill Johnstone. Film Editing by Dede Allen….

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Bright Road (1953)

GERALD MAYER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1953.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.   Screenplay by Emmet Lavery, based on the story See How They Run by Mary Elizabeth Vroman.  Cinematography by Alfred Gilks.   Produced by Sol Baer Fielding.    Music by David Rose.    Production Design by Cedric Gibbons, Eddie Imazu.  Film Editing by Joseph Dervin.   Dorothy…

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The World, The Flesh And The Devil (1959)

RANALD MacDOUGALL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB USA, 1959. HarBel Productions, Sol C. Siegel Productions. Screenplay by Ranald MacDougall, based on the story End of The World by Ferdinand Reyher, and the novel The Purple Cloud by M.P. Shiel. Cinematography by Harold J. Marzorati. Produced by George Englund. Music by Miklos Rozsa. Production Design…

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Beat Street (1984)

STAN LATHAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1984. Orion Pictures. Story by Steven Hager, Screenplay by Andrew Davis, David Gilbert, Paul Golding. Cinematography by Tom Priestley Jr.. Produced by Harry Belafonte, David V. Picker. Music by Harry Belafonte, Webster Lewis. Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein. Costume Design by Bernard Johnson, Kristi Zea….

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Island In The Sun (1957)

ROBERT ROSSEN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB United Kingdom/USA, 1957. Darryl F. Zanuck Productions. Screenplay by Alfred Hayes, based on the novel by Alec Waugh. Cinematography by Freddie Young. Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck. Music by Malcolm Arnold. Production Design by William C. Andrews. Costume Design by Phyllis Dalton, David Ffolkes. Film Editing by…

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The Angel Levine (1970)

JAN KADAR Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5 USA, 1970. Belafonte Enterprises. Screenplay by Bill Gunn, Ronald Ribman, based on a story by Bernard Malamud. Cinematography by Richard C. Kratina. Produced by Chiz Schultz. Music by Zdenek Liska. Production Design by George Jenkins. Costume Design by Domingo A. Rodriguez. Film Editing by Carl Lerner. Zero…

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Buck and the Preacher (1972)

SIDNEY POITIER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5 USA, 1972. Columbia Pictures, E & R Productions Corp., Belafonte Enterprises. Story by Ernest Kinoy, Drake Walker, Screenplay by Ernest Kinoy. Cinematography by Álex Phillips Jr.. Produced by Joel Glickman. Music by Benny Carter. Production Design by Sydney Z. Litwack. Costume Design by Guy C. Verhille. Film…

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BlackkKlansman (2018)

SPIKE LEE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.   USA, 2018.  40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Blumhouse Productions, Legendary Entertainment, Monkeypaw Productions, Perfect World Pictures, QC Entertainment.  Screenplay by Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee, based on the book by Ron Stallworth.  Cinematography by Chayse Irvin.  Produced by Jason Blum, Spike Lee, Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKittrick, Jordan…

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Carmen Jones (1954)

OTTO PREMINGER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1954.  Otto Preminger Films.  Screenplay by Harry Kleiner, based on the libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II, and the novel by Prosper Merimee.   Cinematography by Sam Leavitt.  Produced by Otto Preminger.  Music by Georges Bizet, Herschel Burke Gilbert.  Production Design by Edward L. Ilou.  Costume Design by Mary Ann Nyberg.  Film Editing by Louis…

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Bobby (2006)

EMILIO ESTEVEZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 2006.  The Weinstein Company, Bold Films, Bobby, Holly Wiersma Productions.  Screenplay by Emilio Estevez.  Cinematography by Michael Barrett.  Produced by Edward Bass, Michel Litvak, Holly Wiersma.  Music by Mark Isham.  Production Design by Patti Podesta.  Costume Design by Julie Weiss.  Film Editing by Richard Chew.   It’s June 6, 1968 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los…

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Kansas City (1996)

ROBERT ALTMAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France/USA, 1996.  CiBy 2000, Sandcastle 5 Productions.  Screenplay by Robert Altman, Frank Barhydt.  Cinematography by Oliver Stapleton.  Produced by Robert Altman.  Production Design by Stephen Altman.  Costume Design by Dona Granata.  Film Editing by Geraldine Peroni.   Robert Altman falters somewhat in this story of jazz clubs and gangsters in Depression-era Kansas City, Oklahoma, but…

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